"Judiciary Under Threat": Chief Justice Denies Sex Harassment Allegation

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2019

He said on Saturday that such sexual harassment allegations made against him put "independence of judiciary under very serious threat".

"Me and my family's victimisation is a effect of my not agreeing to the sexual advances made by the Chief Justice of India, Justice Rangan Gogoi", she said in the letter to the judges. By the end of that year, her husband and his brother, both of whom worked with the Delhi Police, were also suspended from their respective jobs. "It has been learnt that there is an application for the cancellation of bail earlier granted to her, which is listed for hearing on 20.04.2019 on acoount of her having made threats to the complainant of the said case".

At the end of the half-hour hearing, the CJI said he would not pass any judicial order in the matter and left it to Justice Mishra to take the lead and do what was necessary. Gogoi described the allegations as "unbelievable".

The Secretary General of the Supreme Court of India has responded to Scroll by calling the allegations "completely and absolutely false and scurrilous".

"Its is also very possible that there are mischevious forces behind all this, with an intention to malign the institution", the email said. She was dismissed from service a year ago, after an incident of inappropriate behaviour was reported to the Registry.

The woman also recounts an episode from January when she was called to the Chief Justice's residence and asked to apologise to his wife by prostrating before her and rubbing her nose on the floor. An FIR for the alleged offences of cheating (section 420), criminal intimidation (section 506) and criminal conspiracy (section 120B) under the Indian Penal Code 1860 was lodged against the woman on March 3, after a complaint was filed by Naveen Kumar, a Haryana resident, at the Tilak Marg Police Station here. This is the reward a CJI gets after 20 years and a bank balance of Rs. 6,80,000. I had inquired with Delhi Police. "I will sit on this chair and discharge my judicial functions without any fear", he said.

An attempt is being made to undermine the independence of the judiciary by levelling allegations of sexual harassment. I do not want to stoop so low as to answer these chargers, Justice Gogoi also said. According to Kumar, the former employee had defrauded him of Rs 50,000, which he claimed she took as part of a bribe, promising him a job at the Supreme Court in exchange. "They have to look for something else", the Chief Justice said. "All employees of the Supreme Court are treated respectfully by me". He said that some media outlets published unverified charges made by a woman who had criminal antecedents and had spent four days in jail because of her criminal record.

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